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From destruction in Haiti early last week to Florida and Georgia on Friday and then onward to North Carolina and South Carolina, now post-tropical cyclone Matthew continues to assault the southeast US.
The impact of the storm has been catastrophic in Haiti, with 1.4 million people needing immediate assistance and more than 1000 lives lost. In the US, ten deaths have been blamed on the storm to date, and nearly two million people were without electricity in the southeast. Initial estimates put storm damage of insured properties expected to be $4-6 billion, with damage to uninsured properties expected to be much higher.
The final toll from Matthew will still not be known for some time.
Find out more information about community needs and how you can help:
The Haitian Humanitarian Crisis Along Southern California’s Border
After Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, thousands of its residents left in search of starting again in the Americas. The U.S. government, under the Cuban Haitian Entrant Program, had been granting humanitarian parole — a form of temporary admission — to arriving Haitians who qualify for work permits, temporary housing, and other assistance. Since this summer, hundreds of Haitians arriving at the San Diego-Tijuana border have overwhelmed community and faith-based organizations struggling to provide shelter and other essential services. Given Hurricane Matthew’s new devastation in Haiti, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has temporarily suspended its late September order to begin deporting Haitians not already under Temporary Protected Status.
For a list of resources on how to support the nonprofit organizations helping the Haitian migrants on the U.S. and Mexico sides of the border, click here.